Hollywood loses a great one, Leonard Nimoy!
The space aged career of ...
A smash hit from another star date.
He went where no man had gone before!
Leonard Nimoy was a great example of an entertainer who made it in Hollywood based on of self improvement and hard work! He was not only polished and refined, he had a a degree of versatility. No, he was not Dustin Hoffman or Gary Oldman. Leonard was very much his own man, and brought tremendous intellectual depth to all of his roles. He worked into his 80's , and sadly, he has now beamed up, for good.
Before it was trendy to be successful on both T.V. and the silver screen, he was known for both. It was not just Star Trek that brought him to the theaters either. Before the 1979 movie, Star Trek, he starred in the Sci Fi and Horror blockbuster, The Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978).
He often played a scientist or a Dr., because he could handle the role of a brilliant and accomplished man, as well as anyone could. With out seeming to try to, Leonard, I thought, upstaged many stars that were taking the lead, especially William Shatner. He was also popular on stage, and in the recording studio. The master of media returned to help the new Star Trek franchise take off in 2009, and will be greatly missed!
Yes, he wrote and sang a top 40 hit!
Leonard also put out several music albums. Most of the songs that he performed were covers. However, he did record a few originals where he was an alien of some sort. It was implied, but not confirmed that he was acting or singing as Mr. Spock. In the 1960s our hero and spotlighted subject, had fun with a singing career. Unlike the solo vocal career of William Shatner, Leonard had some success.
"The Sad Planet" and "Highly Illogical", are well know by most "Trekies", as he was supposedly playing Mr. Spok again. He also sang the "Ballard of Bilbo Baggins" which was popular, but his only top 40 hit was Highly Illogical, in 1967.
Of course the "Celebrity in Chief" posted a photo of him and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from Star Trek) giving the Vulcan Salute, on Twitter. The master of selfies, may not have known that Leonard created that hand sign. He was Jewish and this was an ancient symbol meaning, "Upon you, peace". I wonder if the White House staff knows this.